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Twelve Drummers Drumming: Father Christmas Mystery Series, Book 1
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Father Tom Christmas moves to the picturesque English hamlet of Thornford Regis to become its new vicar and to seek a peaceful haven. But inside the empty village hall, the huge Japanese o-daiko drum that's featured in the May Fayre festivities has been viciously sliced open--and curled up inside is the bludgeoned body of Sybella Parry, the daughter of the choir director. Realizing this village is not the refuge he'd hoped for, Father Tom comes to a disturbing conclusion: Sybella's killer must be one of his parishioners. No one is above suspicion--not Sebastian John, the deeply reserved verger, nor Mitsuko Drewe, a local artist, nor Colonel Northmore, survivor of a World War II prison camp. And over all hangs the long-unsolved mystery of a sudden disappearance, one that brought Father Tom to this picture-perfect place to live--or die.BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from C. C. Benison's Eleven Pipers Piping.

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Father Tom Christmas moves to the picturesque English hamlet of Thornford Regis to become its new vicar and to seek a peaceful haven. But inside the empty village hall, the huge Japanese o-daiko drum that's featured in the May Fayre festivities has been viciously sliced open--and curled up inside is the bludgeoned body of Sybella Parry, the daughter of the choir director. Realizing this village is not the refuge he'd hoped for, Father Tom comes to a disturbing conclusion: Sybella's killer must be one of his parishioners. No one is above suspicion--not Sebastian John, the deeply reserved verger, nor Mitsuko Drewe, a local artist, nor Colonel Northmore, survivor of a World War II prison camp. And over all hangs the long-unsolved mystery of a sudden disappearance, one that brought Father Tom to this picture-perfect place to live--or die.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from C. C. Benison's Eleven Pipers Piping.

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      • source: Margaret Maron, New York Times bestselling author of Christmas Mourning
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        "C. C. Benison has concocted a charming and deliciously convoluted mystery for the Reverend Tom Christmas, new vicar of Thornford Regis, which is an updated version of St. Mary Mead. Indeed, Twelve Drummers Drumming is a crime novel that Agatha Christie might have been justly proud to claim as her own."
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      • source: Laurie King, New York Times bestselling author of God of the Hive
      • content: "C. C. Benison brings the English village mystery into a more demanding era, crafting a story with dimension and subtlety, in which resoundingly real characters grapple with loss and danger and matters of immortality--without losing the whimsy, the tight plotting, and the palpable delight in Traditional England found in his predecessors."
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      • source: Carolyn Hart, nationally bestselling author of Dead by Midnight
      • content: "Twelve Drummers Drumming is a beautifully written mystery set in an enchanting English village. May Father Christmas (he prefers Tom) long share his wisdom and goodness."
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      • source: Kate Kingsbury, author of Herald of Death
      • content: "The Reverend Tom Christmas is an intriguing sleuth, a dedicated vicar with admitted shortcomings that render him entirely human. Steeped in the aura of English village life, with a cast of entertaining characters, and blessed with a touch of humor, this delightful series will keep you charmed, intrigued, and guessing right up to the end."
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      • source: Anne Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Treason at Lisson Grove
      • content: "An atmospheric, engaging, and well-crafted story."
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      • source: Charles Finch, author of A Burial at Sea
      • content: "It's rare that a novel is both a charmer and a page-turner, but C. C. Benison has done it. I can't wait to visit Thornford Regis again."
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      • source: Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of One Was a Soldier
      • content: "The traditional British village cozy has never looked better. The Reverend Tom Christmas is an irresistible addition to the ranks of clerical sleuths. Fans of M. C. Beaton, Rhys Bowen, and G. M. Malliet will relish C. C. Benison's layered, exceptionally well-written new series."
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        This splendid first in a new whodunit series from Canadian author Benison (Death at Windsor Castle) introduces the Rev. Tom Christmas, the new vicar of St. Nicholas Church in the English village of Thornford Regis. Five months earlier, Christmas lost his wife to an unknown murderer in London. Soon after this tragedy, while visiting Thornford, he stepped in to officiate at a funeral service after the incumbent vicar, Peter Kinsey, failed to show. He subsequently replaced Kinsey, who has vanished. Christmas hopes bucolic Thornton will be a good place to rear his nine-year-old daughter, but once again he must deal with a violent death—that of Sybella Parry, the choirmaster’s grown daughter, whose body he finds inside a large drum. Rejecting the easy explanation, that something in Parry’s drug-addicted past led to her demise, Christmas begins to dig, and discovers that Thornford’s placidity is only skin-deep. An intelligent and empathic protagonist and skillful prose make this a winner.

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        September 15, 2011

        A peaceful rural town becomes the murder capital of England.

        Rev. Tom "Father" Christmas and his daughter Miranda have moved to bucolic Thornford Regis after the appalling and unsolved inner-city murder of his wife. His wife's sister Julia, a music teacher, and her husband Alastair, a physician, already live in the area, whose biggest mystery to date has been the sudden disappearance of Tom's predecessor. Tom and Miranda are settling in nicely when a nasty murder interrupts the festivities at the village fair. The teenaged daughter of well-known musician Colm Parry is found dead, her body hidden in a large Japanese drum. In his role as vicar, Tom finds himself privy to many confidences that reveal the sins his peaceful parish is hiding, stretching from theft and infidelity to murder. The suspects, varied and plentiful, range from an elderly retired army officer, whose stint in a Japanese prison camp left him with hate in his heart, to the church verger, who's so far succeeded in hiding a truly dangerous secret from his past. Though he's hampered in his search for the truth by the seal of confession, Tom still finds a way to unmask an unrepentant killer.

        The first in a planned series of 12 is a promising departure from Benison's Her Majesty Investigates series (Death at Windsor Castle, 1998, etc.). This English village mystery moves slowly while the many interesting characters are fleshed out, but it proceeds deftly to a grim conclusion. 

         

         

        (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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        August 1, 2011

        An English village's traditional May Fayre event is trended up by the introduction of 12 Japanese taiko drums, much to the delight of the local teen performers. But when a young village woman is found dead inside the largest of the drums, it's clear that there will be only 11 performers, and that a murder investigation is required. The victim, a child of a rock 'n' roll legend, doesn't seem to have had strong enemies. Was someone else the intended victim? The new vicar, Tom Christmas, a widower whose wife was murdered in London, is perplexed and angered that the tranquility of his apparently idyllic village has been violated. They say Sherlock Holmes found villages full of deceit, but poor Tom hopes for the better side of humankind. VERDICT This marvelous series debut by Ellis Award winner Benison (Death at Buckingham Palace) is a satisfying, character-driven read. The author presents a full plate of options, leaving the reader puzzling through the possible motives of an intriguing ensemble cast. The likable vicar and his Nancy Drew-loving daughter should become reader favorites. Highly recommended.

        Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from C. C. Benison's Eleven Pipers Piping.

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